Social Media is an unknown, unforgiving entity that is dangerous, distracting and full of inappropriate content.
Social Media gives every individual a voice and an authentic audience; it allows global discussions and opens up (literally) a world of positive possibilities.
Every day I hear – or am involved in – this conversation between leaders, parents, teachers and students and the spectrum of opinions is astounding. Social Media is seen as a distraction and generally feared by parents and teachers alike because of the potential risks but is part of everyday life for our younger digital natives.
In my opinion, students must – from a very early age – understand the risks and dangers involved. Even my daughter, at the age of five, needs to understand NOT to click on the ‘Click here to win an iPad’ banner. At the same time, she needs to know that some TV channels could be scary or inappropriate. And some people online are not who they say they are.
As soon as we acknowledge these risks and expect our students to follow simple agreements (such as ‘turn off’ & ‘report to an adult’), we have normalized and not sensationalized these actions. Students then become responsible for their own actions.
What are your thoughts...?!
2. Online vs. face to face Venn Diagram
3. Collaborative Presentation of Web2.0 Tools
4. Designing an online discussion
5. Establishing an Accessible Social Presence
6. Designing a comprehensive Assessment Plan
7. Online Course Syllabus
8. Reflection: iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Hello, I am Tony Potts, the Director of Digital Learning, PK-12 ICT Coordinator, ICT teacher and technology integration specialist at GEMS World Academy, Dubai. Please feel free to ask me ANY questions...